Last Saturday, Queen Elizabeth Park was illuminated at night as hundreds of lanterns filled the air.
Light the Night, an annual event for the Leukaemia Foundation, was once again an uplifting and powerful event, with the organisers saying that there were twice as many people there as last year.
Residents who have been touched by Leukaemia, or who simply wanted to show their support, purchased lanterns in gold, white or blue, and carried them as they followed the Light Walk that circled Queen Elizabeth Park. The three lanterns reflected the stories of those who carried them: the gold lanterns were carried by those remembering loved ones, the white by those who were remembering their own journey, and the blue those who were there to show their support.
Julie Hughan, one of the event’s organisers, said “The night was fabulous. There were a lot more people there than last year.” She also added that they intend to hold the event again next year.
The night was not only one for rememberance, however, as young children and adults enjoyed the evening as well. Kids had their hair temporarily coloured by Kellie from Euphoria Hair, and their faces painted by Mumma Bare Creations.
Delicious food was provided by the Akoonah Homemade Pies and Sausage Rolls, the VRA, and the Lithgow Lions Club, with Cupcakes by Renee, ice cream or fairy floss on hand for desert.
It was a great night, enjoyed by all, and one that will hopefully see even greater success next year.